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Torres 38, San Francisco 12, Us 6, Caen 5, California 4, Cca 3, Moller Caen 3, Local Union 2, Barbara Hale 2, Marin 2, Nursery 1, Kim 1, Lafco 1, Massachusetts 1, The City 1, Ramone 1, Eric Burke 1, Scott Wiener 1, Alan Weintraub 1, Courtney 1,
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    November 24, 2012
    7:30 - 8:00pm PST  

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and three. >> many of you are aware the fact i'm with the laborers union. i serve as executive director of the laborers community training foundation. that's a local entity connected directly to the local union 261 here in san francisco. the entity that we're referring to now is separate and apart from not just the local union but the foundation that many of you are aware that i participate in. this is a training center. it's a labor management cooperative. there are trustees. i'm not a trustee but it's important for us to make sure there is complete transparency, with respect to my relationship with the entity, they're all my brothers, we're all a family, but if there's any questions i'll be happy to answer those as well. >> president torres: so you're allowed to vote on this, is what you're saying. is there a motion? i think we're pretty well aware
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of the program. do we need comments? i don't think so. all right. have commissioner caen move and i'll second. >> commissioner moller caen: i will move the motion. >> president torres: those in favor say aye. >> ayes. >> president torres: item 12. is there public comment on the last item? i'm sorry. mr. decosta. we work so quickly for you. >> commissioners, what you have just done is you have maybe for the first time in the history of the san francisco public utilities commission, linked with the water system improvement project, done a holistic thing this training
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will have our disadvantaged youth, hopefully such type of trainingings can be included, be part -- be made a part of every project labor agreement. for the last two and a half years, i've been working on this concept, and have delivered ever aspect of it so that the san francisco public utilities commission, following the project labor agreement, can do something that's right. to basically this project will allow disadvantaged youth to take part in planting native plants and nursery, train them in repairn projects, and
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hopefully -- this is not included in this -- hopefully, if now you know, we've got $250 million, if you put a little bit aside, we can participate sustainably in maintaining our trees for the county, for the city and county of san francisco, trees play an important role. and we can call upon our brothers and sisters from the labors union and other unions to do the right thing. so, commissioners, before ed harrington left, i requested him to leave a legacy, and i explained to him about this project. and he worked very hard, with our brother, harlan kelly, and the laborers union.
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i personally sat down with ramone from the laborers union, and he blasted, you know, because they do have a training center. >> president torres: right. >> and that's the way we got to do. we got to offer opportunities to the constituents of san francisco, and others too. but we need to offer some holistic opportunities. so today, history has been made on an important level. thank you very much. >> president torres: thank you for your contribution to that. item no. 12. >> secretary hood: item 12, approve the terms and conditions and authorize the general manager to execute a three year revocable permit with coast side county water district for new use fee. >> president torres: mr. richards. >> steve ritchie, general manager for water. this is a three year revocable permit to provide for the emergency replacement of a pipeline that delivers water from our -- reservoir to the
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coast side county water district. >> president torres: i see no opposition, right? any public comments on item no. 12? chair will entertain a motion. >> so moved. >> president torres: seconded by commissioner caen. all in favor signify by saying aye. >> ayes. >> president torres: motion carries. thank you, mr. ritchie. well done. item no. 13. >> secretary hood: item 13, approve terms and conditions and authorize the general manager to execute a 20 year lease with -- hotel associates for 4,360 a month represent subject to board of supervisors approval pursuant to charter section 9.118. >> president torres: is there any public comment on this item? did you want to quickly address it? >> i'm just go to ask if you have any questions. >> president torres: not on my end. chair will entertain a motion to approve. >> so moved. >> second comngeddle approved by commissioner caen. >> ayes. >> >> president torres: motion
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carries. item 14. >> secretary hood: item 14 approve modification willing to the agreement between the state of california, department of parks and recreation and city and county of san francisco regarding the implementation of the mitchell ravine long-term stabilization plan increasing the agreement by 112,000 to 253. >> president torres: this is the san francisco department of park and rec, correct? >> no. >> president torres: i feel better. any public comments? all right. i think we pretty well know what the agreement is. any comments from the commissioners? motion is in order. >> so moved. >> president torres: seconded by commissioner caen. all those in favor signify by saying aye. >> ayes. >> president torres: motion carries to approve modification no. 1. item no. 15, agreement cs208. >> approve agreement amendment no. 1 to agreement cs208 authorize general manager to
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execute the amendment increasing the agreement by 100,100 >> president torres: not to exceed 150,000. >> correct. >> president torres: chair will entertain a motion. >> so moved. >> second. >> president torres: seconded by commissioner courtney moved by commissioner caen. those in favor signify by saying aye. >> ayes. >> secretary hood: 16 public hearing discussion to approve a 2012 updated cca implementation plan and statement and authorize general manager to file the updated plan with the california public utilities commission for certification. >> thank you. barbara hale assistant general manager for power. this is the item i mentioned -- >> president torres: that you articulated earlier at the beginning of the hearing. >> yes. if you have questions or would like more detail i'm happy to give you that now. >> president torres: this is continues november 30th with both supervisor and lafco.
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the mayor's office obvious is involved. chair will entertain a motion. >> thank you. >> so moved pngetsd moved by commissioner courtney. >> secretary hood: is there a -- >> president torres: commissioner caen has a question. >> commissioner moller caen: looking for the resolution. >> thank you. >> commissioner moller caen: i second the motion. >> president torres: seconds the motion. all those in favor signify by saying aye. >> ayes. >> president torres: the motion carries 'til the next day. >> secretary hood: item 17 adopt procurement plan to allowst puc corn renewable portfolio standards. >> barbara hale, this is the item we had a workshop on at your last meeting so this allows you then to authorize us to go forward with this procurement plan and be in compliance with the state's renewable portfolio standards. >> president torres: as articulated earlier by you. >> yes. october 23 we had a workshop.
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>> president torres: are you going to have another clean power stakeholders meeting that exceeds an hour? >> yes. >> president torres: all right. >> thank you, president torres, if i may. >> president torres: yes. >> i would be interested in seeing, in the record, a sign-in sheet so that we can see for ourselves in advance of these meetings, who parptd. also a list of those who were invited. it was a big concern. not that anything took place that wasn't appropriate but i would like to see more information related to who's invited to engage and who actually decided to engage. >> happy to provide the invite list. some participants participate by telephone so sign-in may need to be by proxy but we'll provide that to you. >> if we know who participated by telephone, telegraph or in person because we get questions
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where does the meeting take place, did anybody show up, it wasn't a good meeting, there wasn't enough time. that we we make sure ever bit of information is available. >> i will provide that. >> president torres: motion? we passed this? moved by commissioner courtney, seconded by commissioner caen. those in favor say aye. >> ayes. >> president torres: motion carries. i need a motion now to go -- sngetsd we need public comment. >> president torres: public comment. >> we don't need to rescind. >> president torres: i don't intend to. >> eric burke representing san francisco green party and grassroots organization of our city. directly to commissioner courtney's point, usually, from the advocates who usually in those meetings there's local power staffst puc staff, lafco staff and from the advocate there's almost always myself with the groups i represent,
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someone representing the local clean energy alliance, which is a major -- they've been a major player in moving this legislation forward. usually it's alan weintraub and/or june bra sheers. there's usually a staff or volunteer for sierra club. that's pretty consistent. so those are people that have been showing up regularly. it's kind of become an insular group and we might want to reach out to more people, especially labor, that kind of thing. so that's just to give you a sense of that's how those meetings go. i would agree, we need to try to have them -- even though this might be a strain on staff we need to have them go longer because there's so much technical stuff to plow through that we really need to get a handle on this, especially now that we're diverging a little on our perspectives. i just wanted to address real quick, one other very important point of divergence and that is from the beginning of how cca was envisioned not just in
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california but even at the beginning in massachusetts and ohio, but especially in california is that cca was always intended to be a program in which both residential customers and the commercial customers would be rolled into the program, just like the residential customers are required to be, with an opt out provision. so that you can get enough people to feel like it's kind of like when you're an incumbent, it's easier to get reelected. >> not always. >> usually though. it's kind of like that, making an incumbent for the people you put in it as long as the rates don't go up and definitely local power's plan intent not to raise rates on local customers at all, that as long as those don't go up you've got an incumbent program that people would be more willing to stand. that's important in the economies of scale and fighting the inevitable battle with the
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opponent, the competitor. the other thing i didn't get to talk in the previous item that was alarming to us right now what staff is telling us is that their intention is to always have the commercial customers be an opt in. and in mirren they did not do it that way. they included commercial customers recently in their full opt out process. in san francisco most of the energy is used by commercial customers. we will not be able to achieve that big beautiful build-out that we're planning without those commercial customers being put into an opt out so enough of them stay in to get the bonding ability and the economies of scale to make sure that we can do the full build out and hire the thousands of people, et cetera. thanks. >> you said that marin opt in? >> no, marin, they did their initial thing a couple of years ago. they just completed their enrollment and enrolled all of their customers a few months
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ago, and that included commercial customers who were then able to opt out if they wanted to. but they enrolled everybody. and i know that -- yes. >> president torres: okay. have any further comments? no? motion to assert city attorney privilege as requested. >> so moved. >> second. >> president torres: we're going to move all those in favor signify by saying aye. >> ayes. >> president torres: motion carries. let's move into closed session. >.any public comment before we o into closed session? >> i think she has to read. >> the clerk: closed session item 20, anticipated litigation as defendant, item 21, anticipated litigation as plaintiff. >> president torres: no public comments on this? all right. are you ready? i know we have to wait. i want to make sure you're ready
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pngetsd anything else we need? we're back on? all right. first of all, the meeting for tuesday, november 27, has been -- according to the comments here, canceled, and i think we have a report from the closed session is that correct? you give that report or do i? >> i believe you just noticed that there was no action. >> president torres: there was no action taken during the closed session. any other comments? all right. this meeting is adjourned. the 23.
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because we have a great waste water system here in san francisco, we do about 80 million gallons of waste water here in san francisco, which means we basically fill up 120 olympic sized swimming pools each and every day here in the city. we protect public health and safety and environment because we are discharging into the bay and into the ocean. this is essentially the first treatment here at our waste water treatment facility. what we do is slow down the
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water so that things either settle to the bottom or float to the top. you see we have a nice selection of things floating around there, things from bubble gum wrappers, toilet paper, whatever you dump down the toilet, whatever gets into our storm drains, that's what gets into our waste water treatment and we have to clean. >> see these chains here, this keeps scum from building up. >> on this end in the liquid end basically we're just trying to produce a good water product that doesn't negatively impact the receiving water so that we have recreation and no bad impact on fish and aquatic life. solids is what's happening. . >> by sludge, what exactly do you mean? is that the actual technical
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term? . >> it's a technical term and it's used in a lot of different ways, but this is organic sewage sludge. basically what it is is, oh, maybe things that come out of your garbage disposal, things that are fecal in nature. it's sludge left in the water after the primary treatment, then we blend those two over and send them over to digestion. this building is built to replace tanks here that were so odoriferous they would curl your hair. we built this as an interim process. >> is there a coagulant introduced somewhere in the middle of this? . >> this coagulant brings solids together and lets the water run
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through. that gives us more time in the digestion process, more time to reduce the amount of solids. these are the biggest ones in the world, like we always like to do in san francisco. they are 4 meter, there's none like it in the world. >> really? wow. >> three meters, usually. we got the biggest, if not the best. so here we are. look at that baby hum. river of sludge. >> one of the things is we use bacteria that's common in our own guts to create this reduction. it's like an extra digestion. one of the things we have to do to facilitate that is heat that sludge up and keep it at the temperature our body likes, 98.6 degrees. >> so what we have here is the heat exchanger for digester no. 6. these clog up with debris and we're coming in to -- next wet
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weather season so we always come through here, clean them out, make sure that we get maximum heat exchange during the colder wet weather. sludge season. >> rubber glove. >> right here. >> rubber glove, excellent. all right, guys. >> thank you. >> good luck. >> this is the full on hazmat. . >> residual liquid. we're taking it time to let it drain. we don't want to get sludge on it necessarily. take your time. stand on the side of it. . >> should we let it release for a while? . >> let it release. >> is that the technical term? . >> this is the most important
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bolt on the whole thing. this is the locking bolt. it locks this thing right in place. so now. >> take your hammer and what we want to do, we get rag build up right in here. the hot water recirculates right in here, the sludge recirculates in here. the sludge sometimes has rags in it. all we want to do is go around the clean the rags. let me show you how. take the slide hammer, go all the way through the back, go around. >> got you. >> during the real rainy season, how does that change the way dealing with this job? is it a lot more stuff in there? . >> what we do, charles, we do this quarterly. every four months we go around and clean all the heat
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exchangers so we don't have a large build up. . >> go around? . >> yeah. (sound of hammering). >> what i'm trying to do, charles, is always pull it out on the low stroke. >> right. so you are not, like, flying out. now talk about clean up. . >> then where does this stuff get deposited? . >> we're going to dump it in a debris box and it will go back to the plant.
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>> if you think back, the romans came up with a system of plumbing that allowed us it use water to transport waste away from the hub of civilization, which enabled cities to grow. . >> you have a large bowl, a drive motor and another motor with a planetary gearbox with differential pressure inside there. the large mass up there spinning separating the solids from the liquid. we have to prevent about once a month, we go in there grease those, change the oil, check the vibration levels. the operators can tell just by the hum of that machine that it's a harmonic noise emitted that it's out of balance and the machine needs to be cleaned. it will start vibrating and we
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have vibration analysis machines that will come over here and check the levels. so it's kind of an on-going thing that you have to stay on top of on a daily basis. >> handled properly, you take organic residuals, as we call them, that are leftovers of our society and turn them back into some energy. and we have another ability to take that sludge and get a nutrient value for crops there. we actually are running a kind of composting energy recovery system. >> well, this is a dirty job. we try to do it safely and we try to do it without imposing too much on the public. people want to flush their toilets and have things go away and not be bothersome again. we do a lot to try to accomplish that. i'd like to invite you to come back any time you want.
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once you got this in your blood, you are not going to be able to stay away. the raging waters are fun and when we do digester cleaning i really hope you can come back. that's quite a sight. >> yeah, that sounds interesting. >> i really appreciate you coming by and it was a
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>> good afternoon and welcome to the rules committee, thursday november 15. i'm joined today by our newest member, and supervisor scott wiener. would like to acknowledge the staff of sf tv the record each meeting. are there any announcement? >> please put cell phones and
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electronic devices in silence. documents included as part of the file should be submitted to the clerk. acts acted upon will appear on the december 4 supervisors agenda. >> motion 1, -- >> i do see mr. -- in the room. this is the same as we will host for all of our appointments. if you could come up and speak briefly. give us a few minutes about your background as it relates to this appointment position, and also what you may be interested in pursuing. some of your areas of interest. the board of appeals is a little bit different. >> thank you supervisor kim. good afternoon.